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June 26, 2019, 11:39 a.m. -  Andy Eunson

Really I think this is more of a procedural infraction and penalty. I do not think it was an intentional doping thing at all, but the doctors, Maes and his team and possibly others should have known and either chosen a different medication, if there is one, or applied for a TUE at the time. I knew probenecid was banned because I remember Pedro Delgado testing positive in the 1988 TdF. But at that time the UCI had not yet banned its use (which they did a month later) so Delgado got off. He was very likely masking something. I think he claimed he had gout. I don’t buy Rude and Graves accidental excuse but I do accept Maes accidental. But they should have known better. The doctors should have had a list which is easily obtained. I remember getting a book of rules with a list of banned drugs when I had a racing license years ago.

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